Go to the beach in Playa del Rey. It's has more of a local flavor and is less touristy than other beaches like Santa Monica or Venice Beach.
One thing the South Bay is not known for is its restaurants. Sure, we have hidden gems scattered throughout the cities, but very rarely does something come around that qualifies as top notch dining.
Enter Caffe Pinguini.
This small, out-of-the-way Italian restaurant is probably one of the most underrated eateries in all of Los Angeles. Located on a desolate side street in Playa del Rey, the quaint and romantic atmosphere is charming, yet quietly sophisticated. From the lattice enclosed patio to the sexy dark wood interior, you will appreciate the friendly greetings as you enter the restaurant. Located 1/2 a block from the Pacific Ocean, you are guaranteed a cool breeze and fresh, clean air. You will find authentic Italian here; from the knowledgeable waitstaff to the supply of wines. The two owners, Tony and Enrico hail from Rome and you can find at least one of them behind the bar or exchanging kind greetings with guests.
Consistency is key to fine dining, and after a dozen or so meals here, I can say they are spot on. From freshly baked bread to the purest dipping olive oil, all the details have been taken care of. The pizzas are amazing, as is the large selections of specials. Any given day it can range from decadent oso buco to a homemade gnocchi. All the ingredients are fresh, and made from family recipes.
If you like birdwatching, find the Duck Pond!
I think the official name is the Del Rey Lagoon Park on Esplanade st. The Ballona wetlands (just North of Culver bl)is also a great place to see wild birds but it was planned to be real estate.